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Site Visit Darul Uloom Mosque (Sunni specific) People: Haj, Shaikh Mohammed, Mohammed I have been born and raised culturally Jewish, but not necessarily religiously Jewish. My family goes to temple, maybe once a year on the holiest Jewish day of Yom Kippur, but sometimes not even then. Jewish temples don’t have a set blueprint for what the temple should look like but must have a torah ark to hold the torah, or Jewish sacred text. The temple typically has seats or benches, and two different sides for the men and women to split up. In temples I have been to before, the women can’t see the torah or service happening, and is being blocked by a curtain. This separation is more often in an orthodox temple, but can be in a less traditional, unorthodox temple too. Because of this separation of women and men being in my jewish religion and the Islamic religion, I decided to visit a mosque. The mosque I visited was Darul Uloom (Sunni specific) in Hollywood, on Tuesday October 15. Before I visited, I made sure to wear a long sleeves and pants to not be disrespectful. When I arrived, I was greeted by Shaikh Mohammed, and he said As- Salaam Alaikumand, the common Islamic greeting, and he told me to put my shoes on a rack outside and walk in right foot first. Curious why right foot first, I asked, and he said
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the Koran and all Muslim scriptures are written right to left, so Muslims always use right to left. This was similar to Judaism, because Hebrew and the torah are also always written from right to left. Before I walked in, inside was a large room with a carpet on the floor, and a large wall to divide the men and women during prayer. After he walked me in the mosque, I was free to ask questions to some people inside. The first question I asked was to a man whose first name I didn’t catch, but last name was also Mohammed. I asked what it meant to be a Muslim and what do they believe in. He told me that a Muslim prays and worships only allah (god), and no one else. Allah is the one god for all creation and man. They follow the prophet’s teachings and follow the holy Koran which was written by god and delivered and translated by the prophet Mohammed. He told me they do still accept the bible and torah because it was from god, but they follow the Koran because it is the last revelation of god. He then told me what the Koran was and that there are Hafiz, or preservers that memorize every character of the five daily prayers in case something were to happen to all the Korans, there would be people who would be able to recite it. There are 114 chapters of the Koran called suras and are arranged from longest
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